Kruse’s Proposal for NUNO:

This journeying is inspired by acts of pilgrimage.
A pilgrimage is a ritual journey with a hallowed purpose. Every step along the way has meaning. The pilgrim knows that life giving challenges will emerge. A pilgrimage is not a vacation; it is a transformational journey during which significant change takes place. New insights are given. Deeper understanding is attained…
On return from the pilgrimage, life is seen with different eyes. Nothing will ever be quite the same again.” Macrina Wiederkehr

For artists, who anyway struggle with issues of isolation as a consequence of self-employment, the need to build networks and be part of an active community is vital for career success. For autistic artists building peer networks and communities is hugely important and probably doubly hard.

I want to physically connect with the autistic artists on this project and will use the act of walking and travelling to highlight the distance and sense of isolation that may affect other autistic people. In keeping with the overall title of the project, Neither Use Nor Ornament, I will create a knitted ‘drawing’ as I travel; knitting being a metaphor for connected community and also being a socially acceptable form of stimming, which I use to both focus and relax.

I will journey from my studio to the homes or studios of the other artists taking part in the project, either through walking or taking public transport.

When I get to each artist, as a pilgrim might beg for alms, I will ask for a small object, a gift, that will act as an avatar, a stand-in of themselves, that will accompany me onward. This object will be knitted into the work, so that it is joined to the other objects and also protected, wrapped in the yarn’s embrace.